It could easily create a caste system (i.e. new members being looked down upon by people who've been here a while. And there aren't many that have been here as long as I have. I can probably count on my fingers who's been here as long/longer and still active.)
This kind of thing will happen everywhere, even if not everyone feels that just because they've been a member longer, that it makes them "better" somehow. It's extremely easy to tell who is and isn't a new member - having the sort of mentoring system Vekseid and others have mentioned here won't change that. That 'caste system' that you mentioned could come into existence regardless of whether or not there was this type of mentoring system or buddy system in place.
We list 1-10 scenarios, and ask the applicant to choose one, and write a paragraph or two.
We could even link to prewritten examples, in various styles, of what Elliquiy is and isn't looking for, writing wise. Is it snobbery? I hope not. I would like to think of it more as trying to give applicants a little more guidance.
I actually really like this idea - it's similar to my requirements for entrance or admittance into a multi-player roleplay that I GM, that a "writing sample" is given, and I think it REALLY works, in terms of weeding out who is and isn't suitable for a roleplay.
Still, instead of asking them to write a certain amount
, I feel that if this idea were implemented, it might be better to ask them to simply respond to a scenario as they normally would to a roleplay, with their usual length and quality. There are some who might simply be more comfortable or enjoy more the writing of a longer post (for example, myself), rather than shorter posts.
However, there is a problem with this. As I've already mentioned, there are a wide variety of post styles - long and detailed, dialogue-heavy, short and simple. I personally don't have a problem with those who prefer the short-response style of posting - but it would be difficult to separate a roleplayer who typically posts with short responses, and one whose writing abilities are not quite on par, but whose abilities are disguised by a shorter-length post. Plus, it might create the rift / stereotype / image that Elliquiy only accepts roleplayers who post a certain length.
And then, this might create the whole other problem of what qualifies as a good post and what does not... or, as in another forum that I frequented several months past, an "advanced literate" post was one that was long
, creating the general assumption that if a post was short, then it was automatically not "advanced."